The Often Overlooked “ Redo ” Command

The Redo or Repeat command in Windows is a very handy command epsecially when using programs like Excel or Word. Let’s review what it is and how to use it.

Everyone knows about the Copy, Cut, Paste and Undo keyboard shortcut keys. But what about the Redo or Repeat command? Unless you’re an avid Photoshop buff, I’m guessing you’ve probably never used it before although it’s available in nearly every program that runs on Windows.

redo in the file menu

What Does Redo / Repeat do?

Redo is exactly the opposite of Undo in that it will Undo the Undo command or repeat the last command you performed. Sorry… Confusing I know.

To add to the confusion, the Redo command in some Windows Apps cannot be performed unless you’ve just used the Undo command. Of course, the limitations will differ with each application that you try to use it in so just keep that in mind.

Many Windows applications no longer have a visible button for the Redo button as shown above however the functionality is still there. Just press Ctrl + Y on the keyboard and it will Redo anything that you’ve performed an Undo on.

redo keyboard shortcut ctrl y

After learning of it many years ago I find myself using it everyday without even thinking about it. Now that you know about it, perhaps you will also!



  1. Robomo

    September 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    F4 does the same redo action – and it’s only one key to press! Works in Word and Excel and I guess in other Windows programs as well.

    • Steve Krause

      September 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Hey — You’re right. Just tested it in Word and yeah.

      Tried it with Outlook 2013 however and it pulls up Find and Replace however. Will probably vary from app to app. Good tip however.

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